The first assistant chief of Kinney Hose Company has received Western New York’s annual Heroism Award for individual valor, for his actions that saved the life of a woman ready to jump from the second floor of a burning home.
“Back in August 2019, we had a fire on West Windfall Road at, I think it was around 4:30 in the morning,” said Joe DuShaw, president of the Kinney Hose Company. “The lady was in the second floor window throwing clothes out (to pad the ground).”
Everetts arrived on the scene and quickly went up a ladder to help the woman out of the window and down to safety. Wednesday evening at the fire hall, First Assistant Chief Tony Everetts was presented with the Heroism Award by David Evans, chairman of the Fireman of the Year Committee of the Western New York Volunteer Firemens Association (WNYVFA). Andrew Pilecki, past president, was also on hand. The association received 31 nominations from seven of its 11 member counties.